RECENT  POSTS:  » NOM spends six figures on North Carolina's Hagan/Tillis US Senate race » Idaho wedding venue can be discriminatory so long as it sticks to new business model » Sunday in Houston: Activists mad that churches were noted for their politicization head to a church—to politicize » Lisa Kudrow thinks my website title is modest, at best » Do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded mission of destruction? » MassResistance's hilarious fourteen-point plan for reinstating marriage discrimination: Get really, really nasty » Concerned Women For America finally learns to call out anti-gay rhetoric » 'Rivka Edelman' responds to me via one of the most bizarre comments I've ever read » Just going to another vendor isn't always easy, isn't good basis for sound policy » Pat Robertson: People who believe in fair nondiscrimination law are 'terrorists, radicals, and extremists'  

« Go back a post || Return to G-A-Y homepage || Haul tail to next post »

03/16/2011

Preaching to the choir: Church makes gay exclusion Crystal clear

by Jeremy Hooper

California's Crystal Cathedral operates under this tag line:

Screen Shot 2011-03-16 At 9.53.44 Am

Though that "message of hope" apparently doesn't apply to people who believe in both God and gay normalcy. Particularly fro those who wish to sing in the church's choir. This from The Orange County Register:

Choir members at the financially troubled Crystal Cathedral say they are upset by a covenant they have been asked to sign that places a strong emphasis on them being heterosexual and Christian.
...

Former and current choir members say they are particularly offended by a statement in the document that refers to homosexuality. Long-time church members say this is the first time they have seen the cathedral take a firm stand against homosexuality and are disturbed by it.

The covenant states: "I understand that in an era where images of family relationship and personal sexuality are often confused, Crystal Cathedral Ministries believes that it is important to teach and model the biblical view. I understand that Crystal Cathedral Ministries teaches that sexual intimacy is intended by God to only be within the bonds of marriage, between one man and one woman."

Crystal Cathedral choir asked to sign anti-gay covenant [OC Register]
(H/t: Towle)

Unfortunate. Tarnished crystal's so hard to clean.

Though it should be noted that gay members are not banned from the church or choir, and in fact church leadership encourages continued participation. However, during the "saved a wretch" part of "Amazing Grace," we do hear that choir members will be required to change the "like me" line to "like that homo over there" while pointing at the nearest gay person.

space gay-comment gay-G-A-Y-post gay-email gay-writer-jeremy-hooper


Your thoughts

comments powered by Disqus

G-A-Y Comments Policy


 
Related Posts with Thumbnails